NextEra Energy Reaches Agreement For Affiliate To Merge With Minority Owner Of Oncor, Would Result In NextEra Owning 100% Of Oncor, Given Other Transactions
October 31, 2016 Email This Story Copyright 2010-16 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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NextEra Energy, Inc. today announced it has reached an agreement for an affiliate to merge with Texas Transmission Holdings Corporation ("TTHC"), including TTHC's approximately 20 percent indirect interest in Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC ("Oncor"), for merger consideration of approximately $2.4 billion, subject to adjustment.
In addition, NextEra Energy has reached an agreement to acquire the remaining 0.22 percent interest in Oncor that is owned by Oncor Management Investment LLC ("OMI") for total cash consideration of approximately $27 million.
If approved, these transactions, when combined with NextEra Energy's previously announced transaction to acquire Energy Future Holdings Corp.'s ("EFH") approximately 80 percent interest in Oncor, would result in NextEra Energy owning 100 percent of Oncor.
Under the terms of the TTHC merger agreement, NextEra Energy will pay 100 percent of the merger consideration in cash. As a result of the transaction, no debt will reside at TTHC or Texas Transmission Investment LLC ("TTI") upon close of the merger. NextEra Energy expects to fund the merger consideration through a combination of debt and equity, consistent with the company's commitment to maintaining its strong balance sheet and credit ratings. The transaction is not subject to any financing contingencies.
"NextEra Energy expects that its transactions with EFH, TTHC and OMI, which would result in its 100 percent ownership of Oncor, if approved, would be meaningfully accretive to earnings, enabling the company to grow at or near the top end of its previously announced 6 percent to 8 percent per year adjusted earnings per share growth rate through 2018, off a 2014 base. The transactions are consistent with NextEra Energy's focus on investing in regulated and long-term contracted assets and leverage many of the company's core competencies, including investing smartly to improve operations, creating long-term value for both customers and shareholders. NextEra Energy remains committed to maintaining its strong balance sheet and expects that its credit ratings and its subsidiaries' credit ratings will be maintained post-closing," NextEra said
The TTHC merger agreement contemplates approval by the Public Utility Commission of Texas. NextEra Energy, together with Oncor, expects to file by Nov. 1 a joint application for merger approval.
NextEra Energy expects the TTHC transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both NextEra Energy and TTHC, and the TTHC shareholders, to be completed in the first half of 2017. The completion of the other transactions also is subject to conditions specified in the definitive agreements for those transactions